Activities of the U.S. Army Military Police. (Introductory scenes, from 1950 : A U.S. Army truck collides with a VW Beetle automobile in Europe. Local onlookers speak with the man and woman from the car. Local police arrive on scene. U.S. Army Military Police arrive and help resolve the matter with local police. ) U.S. Army Military Police insignia of two crossed flintlock pistols. A Military Policeman at attention. Military Police (MP) directing trucks and amphibious vehicles at a beachhead in Normandy, France, in 1944. U.S. Landing Craft at the beachhead. MPs directing military traffic in Town of Canisy, France.
As part of Operation Cobra, elements of United States 2nd Armored Division with infantry, tanks and armored vehicles enter Canisy, France during World War II. Views of soldiers loaded on tanks, armored vehicles and trucks. (Troops in half-track wear the rare camouflage uniforms distributed mainly to the 41st Armored Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Armored Division.) German prisoners of war march along side of road, guarded by U.S. soldier.
American troops welcomed in village, by Nuns and children, and in Paris, France, in August, 1944. December 16, 1944, German counterattack causes American casualties. Dead and wounded shown being picked up on stretchers. American troops advancing across fields.Tanks and burning buildings. Americans fight in streets of town and from trenches, with snow on ground. Chaplain prays over body of fallen American soldier. More views of U.S. wounded on stretchers. German officers led by General Manteuffel planning actions. German home front civilian guards (Volkssturm national militia) seen on parade. German Tiger II tanks of s.Pz.Abt.503 parade in a training area. German SS troops advance during the Battle of the Bulge. German "buzz bomb" shown in flight. Smoke rises from buzz bomb strike on town.
Thanksgiving 1944 in Northeastern France, with the U.S. 26th Infantry Division, during World War 2. Several U.S. Army women nurses walk through muddy snow covered field in Northeastern France, during World War II. One of them pulls a small sled. At the same time,US troops march along sides of a nearby road. A U.S. soldier is issued a winter coat by a quartermaster.Other soldiers putting on new overcoats. U.S. troops in overcoats march along a wet road. A soldier holds up a sign reading," 26 'Yankee' Infantry Division, HAPPY- THANKSGIVING !, Europe 1944." The troops huddle over field cook stoves in a field. They smoke cigarettes. Large group of U.S. soldiers in a chow line near a cemetery in a French town (probably Dieuze, which they captured on November 20th). They receive a Thanksgiving dinner. Soldiers playing football on a snow covered field.
U.S. Coast guard supply operations near invasion beachead, France, during World War II. Various landing ships and patrol boats moving about. Army officers board a ship from a small craft. Large crane on supply ship transfers supplies to smaller boats. Landing craft with armored vehicle loaded on board. "US 59" painted on back of vehicle.
View from a 4-engine airplane in flight over altocumulus clouds. Setting sun creates pink colors. Scene changes abruptly to views, inland from Omaha Beach, at Colleville-sur-Mer, France, of the temporary military battlefield cemetery established by the U.S. First Army, on June 8, 1944, right after the Allied invasion of Normandy, in World War 2. Simple wooden crosses mark the graves of the fallen Americans, each identified by one of their dog tags fastened to the marker.